FORTNITE servers are down today for the latest Epic Games Fortnite update. But how long is the Fortnite downtime? Is there an update coming today? What time will it be back online? All of these questions and more, answered
Fortnite servers will be switched off this morning by Epic Games as they prepare to release the games brand new update and 8.10 Patch Notes.
That means matchmaking will be temporarily disabled for all Fortnite modes, including Battle Royale, Save the World and Creative.
Likewise, it’s worth mentioning that this is across ALL platforms. That means players on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile won’t be able to log in.
Fortnite’s next big update is scheduled to arrive this morning following confirmation of the server downtime last night.
“The v8.10 update rolls out tomorrow, March 12! Downtime begins at 5 AM ET (0900 UTC).“
For anyone wondering, this will be at 9am GMT for everyone living in the UK.
Unlike last week, which saw the update delayed by 24 hours, it seems as though Epic Games may have once again returned to the normal schedule.
By this, we mean, regular weekly updates every Tuesday.
And whilst the update from last week, v8.10, was a pretty small content update, today’s 8.10 update should be significantly bigger and contain far more features and files to be datamined by leakers too.
How long is Fortnite down today?
Epic Games has not technically given any details about how long the downtime will last today.
Players are normally booted off the game 20 minutes before downtime begins and it typically lasts for a couple of hours at least.
Based on past downtime and updates, we would estimate the game will be back online by roughly 11am GMT.
It’s not clear exactly how accurate a bog standard service message can be, but it’s worth also highlighting that the Epic Games server status page for the game notes that today’s scheduled maintenance will last “09:00–11:00 UTC”.
This could quite easily change, nothing is 100% accurate, especially if the update creates any issues after being released, but for now we at least have a reasonable idea of how long downtime will take.
Should anything catastrophic happen with the update, we’ll be on hand to update you.
The Baller Vehicle
The patch notes for the game will be released at around 8.30 this morning. However, ahead of time, we’ve already got a pretty good idea as to what will be included in today’s update.
You can have a look yourself by following the early patch notes link further up the page.
But we’re positive today’s update will introduce the new Baller vehicle (seen above).
The games news feed updated on Monday and revealed the brand new vehicle coming to the game. The item’s description reads: “Round and Round We Go – Roll through the competition with the newest vehicle, The Baller!”
With the item appearing in the news feed, it seems pretty nailed on that this will be coming to the game this week.
No doubt when the patch notes drop we’ll have a clearer idea how it works in the game.